Rob Neyer: Umpire Jerry Meals ‘May Have Made Right Call’

PITTSBURGH (SportsRadio 93-7 The FAN) — Rob Neyer of SB Nation joined Seibel, Starkey, and Miller to talk about the epic call at the plate in 19 innings last night between the Pirates and Braves.

Neyer said the call was not 100 percent clear and although replay suggests umpire Jerry Meals made the wrong call, there is not a conclusive camera angle showing the tag took place.

Neyer added there are hundreds of calls made that are 100 percent wrong with evidence to back them up, but that’s not the case with this play at home.  He said perhaps Meals judgment was clouded because of the fact he was standing behind home for more than six hours.

Neyer talked a lot about “seeing daylight” between glove and uniform then said if Jerry Meals saw “such daylight,” he had to call Julio Lugo safe.  He went on to say umpires should not simply assume calls, rather they need to continue making calls based upon what they see.

Neyer ended the conversation by saying this was not the worst call ever made, but it will go down as one of the most infamous calls ever made.

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  • Walter Janosky

    I watch the baseball game last night between the Atlanta Braves and
    Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Player the player LOGO was definitely
    out at the plate
    You cuold see that LOGO THE Atlamta player dd not touch home plate thinking
    he was called out so he later touch the plate because he was called safe
    I think the umpire was getting tired after 19 inning and wanted see the game end
    Furthermore,Neely the umpire behind the plate should be fined for such a bad call.or don,t let him call balls and strikes behind the plate VERY BAD CALL YES !

  • Don

    He was absolutely 100% wrong. As Walter Janosky said, the Brave’s player knew he was out. What is frustrating as a fan is that Buster Posey is blocking the plate and gets pounded my Cousins. The MLB said it was a clean hit, and it was. However, managers explained that catchers are also taught to hold their ground in front of home plate while waiting on the throw. The to reach back and make a tag. That is exactly what McHenry did. If he blocked the plate and it caused a collision, then either or both players could have been hurt. The umpire is responsible for keeping the game clean as possible. It should have been an easy out call in the same way that an out is called on a double play when a player is “in the neighborhood” of second base. Baseball has to start using common sense. He was out and even if there was a little “daylight” he still should have been called out.

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